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A HUGE THANK YOU to all supporters of this project.  I am more than thrilled to share my passion and story with you all!Angel SantiagoGiardian City Saint
A HUGE THANK YOU to all supporters of this project.  I am more than thrilled to share my passion and story with you all!Angel SantiagoGiardian City Saint
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The Guardian City Saint has been in my brain and heart (the voices just won't shut up!) since grade school and I am so looking forward to seeing my creation in printed form. Though the characters and the story have evolved over the years with life experience, the essence has always remained the same. At its core the Guardian City Saint is a super hero comic book. I've always been a big fan of super hero stories like Superman, Batman, The Flash, The Hulk, and so forth.  I was always intrigued on how they got their powers, how they used them, and the consequences of the choices they made.  

However, I've always believed that not everyone who is given a gift (or curse, depends how you see it) would make the "just" choice.  Is it in our nature to become what we are or is it nurture, the environment we grow up in, that defines us? What if you or I we're suddenly given powers beyond our comprehension? What path would we take? Do we automatically become a superhero/super villain or is it more complicated than that? 

The Guardian City Saint Source Book is the start to my dream coming to fruition. This book will be part of a limited run of only 100 copies. The pages will be comprised of Guardian City’s history, major characters biographies and background information about who they are, and will contain a short story with the tone of what the series will be like when released. In essence, with your help, this book will plant the seeds for the Guardian City Saint series to begin later in 2018.  However, you will be lucky owners of a limited copy of the Guardian City Saint Source Book.

THE STORY 

If I had to pitch the Guardian City Saint in a 30 seconds or less, it would go something like this… “Imagine if Batman and the Joker’s story unraveled at the same time and their goal of saving the people of Gotham City was the same, but they approach it in two completely different ways. Oh, and by the way there are demon like creatures that feed on your soul and make you do things you don’t want to do, magic weapons, enhanced humans, aliens, and an organic cybernetic being the turns into the most advanced armor.” Yeah, that about sums it up.

However, before we get there, the Guardian City Saint story will follow two people, Abe, who like many kids his age in Guardian City, is just trying to survive each day.  However, with pressure mounting at school and home, Abe contemplates taking his own life to make the pain stop.  Events will unfold and a path Abe never imagined will emerge. His path will reveal a world that most people don’t even know exist (a place where demons cross over from another dimension) to worlds in a galaxy we thought to be all alone (we are not, nor have we ever been alone) in. Sounds massive I know, but all great things start with a single spark, a single event that launches an epic journey.

In another part of Guardian City, Willi Traybe has a wonderful job, family, and a life that most envy. A man of faith, he sees the world as most people never will. As life unfolds, Willi’s faith will be tested and ultimately lead him down a path where choices will bring death and a rebirth as the Sinner.  As the Sinner, Willi is free of all strings that weighed him down as a human being and punishes those who take advantage of their existence. His body is covered in tattoos that remind the his victims in the sins they have committed. 

Abe and Willi find a greater purpose in saving the citizens of Guardian City from current and future threats. Their methods may be different, but the message is the same… All criminals beware! They are destined to cross paths and in the end, they will either save one another or be each others destruction with the citizens of Guardian City caught in the middle.

I hope you will come on this journey with me and see the world I envisioned unfold.

ONLY 100 ISSUES WILL BE PRINTED! SIGNED AND NUMBERED

PAGES AND CHARACTERS FROM GUARDIAN CITY SAINT SOURCEBOOK (Final pages will be in color)

Guardian City Saint - Colors
Guardian City Saint - Colors

 This story takes place in Guardian City, five islands connected through a series bridges and tunnels.  Once known as the jewel of the east coast, Guardian City was the promise land that people rushed towards to make their dreams come true.  However, as of late, Guardian City is overrun with the worse crime in it's history.  From organized crime families to corrupt city officials, the good citizens of Guardian City have never seen tougher times. If that wasn't enough, there are things lurking in the shadows waiting for the moment to feed on the population.  Only time will tell the fate of Guardian City...

Main Character: Abraham Santiago aka Guardian City Saint
Main Character: Abraham Santiago aka Guardian City Saint

This is Abraham Santiago aka the Guardian City Saint. All super heroes come to a cross roads that sets them on a journey that will reveal who they will become over time. Abraham is forced to make these decisions even before he's a teenager. Can any child be capable of making critical decisions of taking or saving lives. Through the pages of the Guardian City Saint watch as this all unfolds.

Main antagonist: Willi Traube aka Sinner
Main antagonist: Willi Traube aka Sinner

Willi Traybe aka Sinner is a story of a man with faith that will be tested beyond normalcy. Faith can be an extremely powerful motivator or it can lead to ultimate disappointment and destruction. Willi will challenge the definition of evil and maybe, just maybe Willi will have his faith restored in the end. Who knows.

Detective Theresa Roman - Enhanced Human Division
Detective Theresa Roman - Enhanced Human Division

With the rise of vigilantism and the mysterious deadly sin murders, the Guardian City Police is forced to step up and create a task force to keep the citizens of Guardian City feeling safe. Detective Theresa Roman and her partner lead the task force that pushes the boundaries of justice to bring order back to Guardian City.

Head of the Network, Guardian City Organized Crime - Soomo
Head of the Network, Guardian City Organized Crime - Soomo

If vigilantes and serial killers weren't enough to keep the GCPD busy, Soomo and the other crime bosses surely do their part terrorizing the five islands that make up Guardian City. Organized crime has made it's way into political pockets and keep the crimes bosses known as the "Network" in business. Will the GCPD be enough to bring this powerful corruption down?

Soomo's Enforcers, The Rose Axe
Soomo's Enforcers, The Rose Axe

PAGES FROM GUARDIAN CITY SAINT SHORT STORY

First four pages of Guardian City Saint Short Story
First four pages of Guardian City Saint Short Story

ONLY 100 ISSUES WILL BE PRINTED! SIGNED AND NUMBERED

REWARDS

SPECIAL RETAILER INCENTIVE REWARD

VIDEO INTERVIEW ABOUT GUARDIAN CITY SAINT - (courtesy of Up your Geek)

Check out my video interview (if you have 23 minutes to kill) by the people at Up Your Geek at the New Jersey Comic Expo at the end of 2017.

 SO, WHY DO I NEED YOUR SUPPORT?

The character bios are complete and the short story is scripted and pages are nearly complete. The  next process will be coloring, reviewing, and get ready to send to print.

Essentially this campaign is to raise funds to pay for print runs (copies of book), colorist, variant artists, and posters. If the project reaches the goal and exceeds it, there are special rewards that all supports will receive. For example, if the initial goal for $900 is met, everyone will receive an official Guardian City Saint sticker in their packages. The more funds raised, the more awesome the reward :)

I’ll keep everyone regularly informed as to progress and provide additional pics of the book.

PROJECT UPDATES

ONLY 100 ISSUES WILL BE PRINTED! SIGNED AND NUMBERED

Aside from keeping everyone updated here, I'll be looking to keep everyone up to date with what I'm doing via http://www.angelcomicart.com Be sure to add your email to my mailing list for special updates.

Risks and challenges

Any project faces a number of risks and challenges to reach a finished product. I understand the faith that backers will have shown in this project and will be fully committed to bringing the Guardian City Saint Sourcebook to life within the projected timeframe.

I am very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of bringing this project to life by March of 2018 and into your homes as early as April 2018.

In the unlikely event of delays I'll keep all backers and interested parties updated, both here, on my website and via social media. I strongly believe that good, honest communication is the best approach in business and hope that this transmits the level of commitment I have to making this project happen.

Without potential (and more importantly, actual) investors this dream simply wouldn’t occur in the timeframe defined. This is a symbiotic journey of creation. My vision and time invested is only part of the elements for success, YOU are an important part in making this happen. I sincerely hope you'll join me in this endeavor.

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    At the SUPPORTER level you will receive a digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper and a digital copy of Guardian City Saint short story.

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    Guardian

    At the GUARDIAN level, in addition to your digital rewards, you will receive a copy of the Guardian City Saint Source Book. (limited to 20 supporters)

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    Guardian Plus

    At the GUARDIAN PLUS level you will receive a SIGNED copy of the Guardian City Saint comic book and signed Guardian City Saint print. (Limited to 20 supporters)

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    Saint

    At the SAINT level you will receive a SIGNED copy of the Guardian City Saint Source Book with main cover and Saint variant cover. (Limited to 15 supports)

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    Sinner

    At the SINNER level you will receive a SIGNED copy of the Guardian City Saint Source Book with main cover and Sinner variant cover. (Limited to 15 supporters)

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    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
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    Retailer Reward - (Comic Retailers Only)

    This reward is limited to retailers who want to support this project.

    Retailers will receive 10 signed copies of the Guardian City Saint Sourcebook. Retailers will receive 2 copies of each of the five covers. Along with the books, retailers will receive a Guardian City Saint t-shirt (choose size), A signed print, and an original 9x12 Guardian City Saint sketch.

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    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Sinner Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Jason Delaurentis Baby Var
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Adam Cozart Variant
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    Saint and Sinners I

    At the SAINT AND SINNERS I (the good and the bad) level gives supporters both the Saint and Sinner connecting variant covers. (limited to 10 supporters)

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    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
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    Saint and Sinners II

    At the SAINT AND SINNERS II level gives supporters all five variant covers. (limited to 5 supporters)

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    • Digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
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    Saint and Sinners III

    At the SAINT AND SINNERS III level gives supporters a Guardian City Saint T-Shirt (choose size and color). (limited to 5 supporters)

    Includes:
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Sinner Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Adam Cozart Variant
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    Saint and Sinners IV

    At the SAINT AND SINNERS IV level gives supporters an original Guardian City Saint 9x12 sketch. (limited to 5 supporters)

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    • Digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Sinner Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Adam Cozart Variant
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Jason Delaurentis Baby Var
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    Saint and Sinners V

    At the SAINT AND SINNERS V level gives supporters an original piece of art from Guardian City Saint Source Book. This could be any page including the covers. (limited to 2 supporters)

    Includes:
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Sinner Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Adam Cozart Variant
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Jason Delaurentis Baby Var
    • Guardian City Saint T-Shirt
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    The Source

    The SOURCE level is the ultimate fan pack. You will become a character in the Guardian City Saint Source Book and upcoming comic book.

    That's right, you get to choose your characters real name (if you don't want to use yours) and whether you want them to be a hero, villain, or be surprised :)

    There is only ONE of these pledge spots!

    Includes:
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Wallpaper
    • Digital Guardian City Saint Short Story
    • Guardian City Saint 11x17 Print (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Main Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Saint Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Sinner Variant Cover (Signed)
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Adam Cozart Variant
    • Guardian City Saint Source Book - Jason Delaurentis Baby Var
    • Guardian City Saint T-Shirt
    • Guardian City Saint 9x12 Original Sketch
    • ORIGINAL piece of art from Guardian City Saint book
    • Character in Guardian City Saint Source and Comic Book
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